This discussion board is designed to accompany the materials in Chapters 13, 14, and 15 (weeks 11, 12, and 13), and build on the materials in Chapter 14 on cancer and the cell cycle. You will be using internet resources to develop your understanding of the role of oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, and apoptosis and then applying that understanding to understanding a specific cancer.
Essentially, cancer is a disease of cell division and has touched all of us in some way. I lost two grandparents to cancer and my mother is dealing with recurring (but thankfully non-metastatic!) cancer. In this discussion, we have an opportunity to explore cancer in more detail.
Since cancer requires talking about genes and the complexities of cell division, it can be a little intimidating at first. However, there are many great resources on the internet. I will list a couple of my favorites below:
For learning about oncogenes, tumor suppressors, and apoptosis:
For learning about specific genes involved in a specific cancer:
The Genetics Home Reference — http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/ (I LOVE this resource and have used it a lot!)
Don’t feel limited by my list. Feel free to find your own resources as well!
APA citation if needed.